Friday, October 15, 2010

Handmade Division October talk about….

“Tell us about yourself - how did you get to where you are now with your skills?”

My journey to jewelry making began about 15 years ago. My friend gave me a beaded pendant kit when I was burned out from sewing and looking for something new to try. After I completed that kit, I went get more beads along with few supplies and start to make jewelry. Although I learned a lot on my own, when I think about how I get to where I am now with my skills, I have to give credit to Columbus cultural art center for it. This place amazes me to no end. The variety of classes they offer, the level of teachers and how affordable they are… My friend/co-worker at the time was attending there and told me about it. I was looking for ways to make my own beads so I start to take polymer clay class in spring of 2007. Then, she didn’t have classes in summer so I took copper enameling instead. And when I acquainted with enameling I felt that I found my medium. So I am now enameling for about three years and I’m now taking jewelry class that focused on metal work.

When I thought about this topic, I went to my Flickr page and look from the beginning page. Wow, talk about walking down the memory lane! I have pictures up since august of 2007 and looking at those pieces makes me so emotional… a lot of pieces were gift and most are progression of learning and try new things.

this is few cloisonne piece I ever done. a gift to my friend. design much with his tattoo. one of my first enamel piece that I absolutely love. I gifted to my good friend for his birthday.
enamel piece set in polymer clay. the enamel piece was mistake but end it up something so unusual. my teacher has it. I trade her with one of her fabulous piece.
polymer clay brooch. my favorite autumn pin:)
made from polymer clay. my friend treasure it:)
now, let's go see what other talented artists are talking about...

Andes Cruz:
Tess Norberg/ Nova Designs:
Bill Martin/ Purified Art:
Sand Fibers:
Emily Watson/ Metal Emily:
Susan Moloney:
Alice Istanbul:
Jewelry by Natsuko:
Tosca Teran/ Nanopod:
Bella-Bijou Jewellery:
Beth Cyr:
Lisa Hopkins Design:
Metalriot/ Thomasin Durgin:
NEDbeads/ Nancy Dale:
Tamra Gentry -
Rosy Revolver/ JJ Papke-
Alisa Miller-
WATTO/ Mary Spencer-

Happy crafting:)


Anonymous said...

I just loved reading your post Natsuko! And all the photos of your journey are wonderful!!

Lisa Hopkins said...

This is a fantastic post! I love the photos of your work!

novadesigns said...

Yes I also loved seeing the photos of your early work. It's inspiring journey you've taken. Enamel is so much fun to work with and your pieces are so beautiful! Good luck with the class you're taking. I can't wait to see what you'll design after that!

Bill Martin said...

Awesome post! It is nice to look at old work from time to time to see what we are capable of doing. I often wonder if in 2 years I will look back on my current work in the same way.